Rashevski’s Tango – Movie Review
What does it mean to be Jewish? Three generations of the Rashevski family grapple with the question, after the death of Rose, the secular matriarch who believed that the tango would make all troubles disappear. The characters confront issues of relationships, family, religion, love, romance, and interfaith marriage.
Rashevski’s Tango is a lovely film about a family in France who is trying to figure out what it really means to be Jewish. It involves a mother who taught the children to tango, even though it was a Polish tango, a man who falls in love with a woman who is only partially Jewish because her mother wasn’t Jewish, but he decides to convert, including circumcision, and an old man. I mean, I don’t want to tell you too much about it, but it’s one of those lovely movies that unfolds like a novel, and it’s just charming and funny and sweet, and at one point somebody says, “I want to convert to Judaism,” and one of the characters says, “Why don’t you do Buddhism like everybody else?” It’s smart, savvy, with a lot of heart.